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of accountability, hard questions. a special edition of "nightline: syria, a dictator speaks," begins right now. >> announcer: from the global resources of abc news, with terry moran, cynthia mcfadden and bill weir in new york city, this is "nightline," december 7th, 2011. >> good evening, i'm bill weir. and tonight, we bring you a special edition of "nightline." in a major network exclusive, abc's barbara wealters is just back from another arab country seemingly on the brink of overtloug another dictator. syria. barbara is the first allowed access to the country since a nine-month-old revolution began. she was invited there to conduct an extraordinary interview with the embattled syrian president, bashar al assad, accused of a brutal crackdown that's taken at least 4,000 lives. barbara, welcome home. >> thank you. >> reporter: you sat with saddam hussein, mubarak, gadhafi. how does this man compare? >> very different. he's not a wild, crazy person, at least that's the way gadhafi seemed to us. he is kaup. he is soft spoken. he is articulate. he speaks very good english. there were no ground ru
news exclusive. barbara walters inside syria, with the only one-on-one with syria's embattled president. >> why is this such a brutal crackdown? >> does he fear civil war? does he sense the circle closing around him? barbara is right here with us tonight. >>> family values. why mitt romney is hoping voters will focus on this image tonight, as the gloves come off, taking aim at the new front-runner. ♪ have you driven a ford >>> that famous question, and our question tonight for the ceo of ford, who turned that c carmaker around. what is the key to bringing america back? >>> kicked off. after alec baldwin booted after that battle, who was right? the famous actor or the flight attendant? >>> and pearl harbor. the image we learned today we will never see again. >>> good evening. diane is on assignment tonight. and we begin here with two major stories this evening. barbara walters and her exclusive one-on-one with syria's embattled president. face-to-face as she asks, why the deadly crackdown? she's right here tonight. >>> but first, another image this evening making headlines. that coach,
denied any involvement but it is raising fears tonight of more violence to come. >>> and in syria, the streets are bloody tonight, the scenes are grisly, with up to 50 dead in the last day and the country appears to be spiraling towards civil war by the hour. abc's martha raddatz reports. >> reporter: it started in darkness. a terrifying volley of gunfire that began one of the bloodiest 24 hours since this revolution began to force out syria's dictator, bashir al assad. this morning, with weapons still cracking and tanks thundering by, people were running for their lives, children looking for cover. some, too late. thousands of miles away, secretary of state hillary clinton met with syrian opposition groups. >> they need to be assured that syria will be better off under a regime of tolerance rather than on the whims of a dictator. >> reporter: clinton is also sending our ambassador robert ford back to syria after pulling him out for his safety. clinton says he will be a witness to assad's brutality as syria slides closer into an all-out civil war. martha raddatz, abc news. >>> and
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, vladimir putin's party lost a large bloc of cities. but will maintain a majority. >>> meanwhile, in syria, new video of that nation's ongoing rebellion, which has claimed as many as 4,000 lives since march. the u.s. is expanding contacts with the ruling regime. the ambassador of syria is returning to damascus after a six-week absence. and secretary of state clinton met with opposition leaders for a second time. and our reporting on -- >> in jail. pictures in libya of moammar gadhafi. >> our reporting on syria does not end here. look for barbara walters' exclusive interview with syria president bashar al assad later today. >>> officials confirm that drone that crashed inside iran over the weekend was one of a fleet of aircraft that had spied on iran for years. the surveillance was based an air base in afghanistan. experts aren't sure how much secret information the iranians might be able to glean from that drone. >>> the little cuban boy at the center of an international incident more than a decade ago is all grown up. elian gonzalez celebrated his 18th birthday yesterday. he spent part of
iranians might be able to glean from that drone. >>> now to the deadly unrest in syria, which according to the u.n. has killed more than 4,000 people since march. the obama administration is moving to expand contacts with opponents of the ruling regime as violence there grows more deadly. abc's martha raddatz reports. [ gunfire [ >> reporter: it started in darkness. a terrifying volley of gunfire that began one of the bloodiest 24 hours since this revolution began to force out syria's dictator al-assad. with weapons and tanks thundering by, people were running for their lives. children looking for cover. some too late. thousands of miles away, thousand of miles away, secretary of state hillary clinton met with syrian opposition groups. >> they need to be assured that syria will be better off under a regime of tolerance rather than on the whims of a dictator. >> reporter: clinton is also sending ambassador robert ford back to syria after pulling him out for his own safety. clinton says he will be a witness to assad's brutality as syria slides closer into an all-out civil war. martha radd
walters asking tough questions of syria's president saying violent crack downs are not his fault. ahead.. >> and sky 7 is giving us a great view in the for ground of golden gate and background, hazy skies and i'll have the forecast coming up. ?t?t?t?t8tpac >>> electric car makers are proud of what is different with cars, big thing being battery that's do the job. >> that difference could prove tricky for first responder who's have to know what to suspect and there is a take a look at a special session tesla had today. >> the new generation of alternative fuel vehicles are safe as gas and diesel, but they're different. it's important to know what is under the hood, what is not this, crowd at tesla isn't just admiring inner workings. and tesla says there is no threat of a explosion. >> there are no threats of leaking material autos like their counter parts, they have safety features designed to cutoff power after a crash. still, first responders say it's important to know where those cables are located in case of a system failure. the industry standard is that they are orange. >> we don't
. lama hasan in london, thank you. >>> one more note overseas in syria, where the uprising against the regime has taken an especially deadly turn. two powerful suicide bombs ripped through the heart of damascus near two heavily fortified government buildings. fortified buildings. at least 40 people were killed, 100 injured. and the government immediately put the blame on al qaeda, but opposition groups there are skeptical. some suggesting that the government itself orchestrated these attacks. in the country, where some 5,000 people already have been killed since the unrest began, one thing is clear. tonight, syria is edging ever closer to all-out civil war. >>> and back at home now, and to politics, and your voice, your vote. the republican presidential candidates got in one last full day of campaigning before taking a break for the christmas holiday. and for one of the candidates, the stop-down cannot come soon enough. abc's john berman is on the trail in new hampshire. >> reporter: after being brutalized for weeks, today, newt gingrich made clear what he wants for christmas. >> m
. the first ones syria allow nootd country during its crack down on antigovernment uprisings. the visit is a week after syrian president saasa sign aid deal to stop attacks against unarmed and peaceful protestors but this only appears to intensify after syria agreed to the plan. 300 civilians have died during last week. >> yemen's outgoing president will be allowed to come to the united states for medical treatment. and he is recovering from several severe injuries in a june tack on his compound. and the white house is hoping that this move will ease tensions in yemen. and an election is set for february. >> and north koreans continue to pay respects to former president kim jong-il as preparations are finalized for his funeral. he has been lying in state since december 17th. his funeral will last two days and observers say it will resemble those for his father who died in 1994. >>> and an egyptian court put a ban on so called virginity tests. several say they were rounded up by soldiers in cairo's tahrir square and subjected to the test. one says it happened to her, saying she was force
tonight. syria. where today, by some accounts, hundreds of thousands took to the streets. the biggest protests in months. making a point to the outside observers from other arab nations, who are now inside syria. more than two dozen people were reportedly killed. >>> back in this country, and to a u.s. marine who is proving tonight that his battle training is not going to waste. now that he's home from the wars. lieutenant colonel carl trenker, a 29-year veteran, was shot twice during a robbery right before christmas, and he used his own fingers to plug the bullet wounds. he spoke today as he left the hospital. >> one bullet passed into my pec and came out the other side. so, i kind of went like this and like that. it could have turned out a lot worse, so, there's probably something more that i'm intended to do in my life. >> the lieutenant colonel leaving the hospital today. he survived the battlefield only to come home to that robbery. he now says after surviving, he's looking forward to the holiday meal he missed. >>> and here in new york tonight, a little more than 24 hours until
crackdown in the tinder box nation of syria. in the last 24 hours, more than 40 people killed, most in the city of homs, which has been called the capital of the revolution. today, the streets were filled with tens of thousands of protesters, calling for the execution of president bashar al assad. as outside observers from other arab countries are now in the streets, monitoring the situation, activists, armed with video cameras, are trying to send their first-hand messages out to the world. and here's abc's kelly cobiella. >> reporter: the videos, taken by ordinary citizens at great risk, show government tanks, blood on the streets, syrians mourning their dead. activists say they're proof the syrian government is killing its own people, inspite of its denies. when protesters flooded the rebel town of homs today, a camera captured it. another caught this. locals begging for help from arab league monitors as gunfire broke out. there are thousands of clips on youtube, and entire channels devoted to the syrian uprising. and all they're using is this. the simple act of holding up a cell
. >>> also, new evidence this morning of the violent unrest that has killed thousands in syria since march. that was all captured in syria's third largest city, the center of the uprising against president bashar al-assad. that just more information and details coming in from the unrest that is happening in syria. more violence yesterday, evidence that the government is cracking down on demonstrators. 40 killed just this week alone. >>> closer to home, it was a deadly evening commute last night outside washington, d.c. a collision between a pickup truck and a public transit bus left the truck's driver dead. and almost a dozen people injured. the collision was so forceful that both drivers had to be cut out of their vehicles. >>> in tennessee, three miners had to be rescued after a fire trapped them 800 feet underground. the fire broke out yesterday afternoon on a drill rig in a zinc mine near knoxville. the trapped miners were in contact with officials, but thick smoke prevented them from leaving a safe area. it took rescuers about three hours to get them out safely. >>> now to the story w
of blind hatred and called for peace in the middle east, praying for an end to the violence in syria and for resumption of talks between the israelis and palestinians, and then delivered christmas greetings in 56 different -- 65 different languages, much to the delight of those gathered in st. peters square. >> feliz and a half see -- feliz and a half -- navidad. >> a second round of tests of the enfamil found no problems. the government has not issued a recall. health officials are awaiting test results on water used to mix with the formula. safeway, walgreens and wal-mart are some of the national retailers that pulled the powdered formula from store shelves after a newborne apparently die from a bacterial infection after drinking the formula. the maker says it has tested the formula twice for bacteria and the tests were both negative. >> airline workers in boston came to the rescue of a woman flying from san francisco to spain. he woman was hoping to take her dog to madrid but didn't realize he constant come along until he got to boston. two customer service workers stepped and ask
, syria's embattled leader has sat down for his first major tv interview since the start of the uprising that left thousand of civilians in his country dead. in an exclusive interview with abc's barbara walters he denied ordering the deadly crackdown. abc's alex marquardt has more now from damascus. >> reporter: for the leader of a country in so much turmoil, syria's president bashir al assad appears calm, soft-spoken and confident, confident he is doing the right thing for syria where the u.n. says more than 4,000 people have died in the past nine months. in an exclusive interview with abc's barbara walters he distanced himself from the bloodshed. >> do you think that your forces cracked down too hard? >> they're not my forces. they are military forces that belong to the government. i don't own them. i'm president. i don't own the country. >> reporter: assad did admit mistakes had been made but doesn't feel guilty because he says he is doing his best to protect his people. few journalists have been allowed into syria, so most of what the world has seen looks like this. amateur video, ce
. >> and syria is blaming terrorists for two car bombs that killed 40 people. the bombs went off within minutes of each other and appeared to have targeted heavily targeted intelligence buildings. the government blamed al qaeda. the bombs were the first in syria since the nine-month long uprising began. united nations claims the government there killed 5,000 nem a brutal crack down. >> another earthquake and two after shocks rattled new zealand today where it's christmas eve. all three quakes hit the town of christchurch. the first measured 5.8, the second, 5.8, an hour later a third, again a 5.8. 60 people were treated for minor injuries. christchurch was hit in february by a quake that killed 182 people. >>> a top health official in france says the government will pay for breast implant removeal for 20,000 women. >> officials held a news conference deciding they should be removed as preventative measure. the government recommending all implants made by the company p.i.p.should be removed, there are mounting fears they can rupture, leaking silicone into the body. >> next at 4:00 a problem with
. >> and more to get to. there is video out of syria today. government forces opened fire on protestors as international observers arrived to help keep the peace. >> consumer reports tests out two dozen types of paper towels. >> and outside we go once again, you're looking at 80 in berkeley. it's busy. a bit foggy today z traffic in both directions is moving slowly. stay with us. we'll continue here in just a moment. >> and there is arrivals experiencing delays and there is low visibility at sfo. taking a look at other airports and lights are green swre. no weather-related travel delays anywhere else across the country at this point. we have active weather coming our way. details in just a moment. >xç%?x6 >>> video is emerging from syria showing what appears to be residents running from live gunfire by security forces. and this clip posted on you tube. it appears to show the city of hamas, activists say at least four people are dead after forces opened fire on tens of thousands of people outside of a mosque. the shooting happened during a visit by an arab league delegation. >> and the
wants to hear their plans to establish a new democratic government in syria the group is made up of political dis-- dissidents. many believe syria is spiralling towards civil war with growing reports of thousands being killed in the streets. syrian president assad sat down with barbara walters in his first interview with an american journalist since the uprising began in march. >> do you think that your forces crackdown too hard? >> they are not my forces. they are forces that belong to the government. i don't own them, i'm president. i don't own -- >> you have to give the order. >> no, no. >> not by your command? >> no. we don't have -- no one's command. there was no command to kill or to be brutal. >> you can see more of this interview on "good morning america" right after our newscast at 7:00. >>> today is the 70th anniversary of the attack on the u.s. naval base at pearl harbor in the bay area a ceremony that includes survivors from that day is scheduled at coast guard island in alameda this morning. it was december 7th, 1941 when the japanese air attack that led the u.s. to
walters inside the closed borders of a brutal regime. one-on-one with the leader of syria. clinging to power in a year year of revolution. >> do you think that your forces are cracking down too hard? >> they are not my forces. >> his first interview with any western journalist since the crackdown. >>> game over for alec baldwin, after he's asked to stop playing a game on his cell phone. and gets kicked off an american airlines flight. what led to the rage on the runway? >>> double date. will and kate step out with charles and camilla. but all eyes were on the duchess. is she carrying her purse like that to hide a baby bump? >>> yeah, yeah, yeah. >> give it to them. >> where was she supposed to hold her clutch? that's where one holds their clutch, george. whatever do you mean? >> are you making fun of me? >> no. he was. >> we have a lot to get to this morning. >>> battle lines being drawn in this presidential race. everyone took it up a notch yesterday. the president channeled the republican teddy roosevelt, to take on the republicans. he used tough language. he called this a make-or
uprising in syria. two suicide bombings ripped through the heart of the syrian capital, damascus today. targeting a government security building and the equivalent of syria's cia. at least 30 people have been killed. now, 5,000 people have already died in the uprising this year. but this is the first, significant violence in the capital and comes just one day after arab league observers arrive, hoping to find a peaceful resolution there. the syrian government is blaming al qaeda for today's attacks. >>> meanwhile, the other breaking story overnight, new zealand jolted by another strong earthquake. people in christchurch, who are just rebuilding after last february's killer quake, ran. as you can see here, from supermarkets, office buildings, fearing the worst and rightly so. no serious damage has been reported. the 5.8 magnitude quake did collapse, though, the side of a cliff. you can see it there. four people had to be rescued after that rockslide. 182 people died back in last february's quake. >>> and the scandal over misidentified and misplaced graves at arlington national cemetery
the way to syria where the foreign press is banned and more than 5,000 syrians have been killed, according to the united nations. the president, bashar assad, had the goal to say he was not to blame for the bloodshed. he said he wasn't in control. he said that in an exclusive interview with abc's barbara walters. >> do you think that your forces cracked down too hard? >> they are not my forces. they are forces that belong to the government. >> but you're -- >> i don't own them. i'm president. i don't own the country. >> no, but you have -- >> reporter: dictators dissem bling for all the world to see. his neighbor king of jordan, told me in may there was no doubt who was running the show in sir dwra. >> he's calling the shots. i think bashar needs to get people on the table. >> reporter: assad ignored that advice and the violence in his country has escalated to the brink of civil war. what does this all upheaval for the region and for the united states? the big fear has always been that well-organized islamic parties like egypt's muslim brother lo brotherhood, would emerge as the strongest
for an end to the violence in syria and a resumption of israeli/palestinian peace talks. at last night's midnight mass, the pope lamented the commercialization of christmas. >>> the last combat troops to leave iraq arrived home in time for the holiday. family and friends were on hand at ft. hood in texas to welcome back the nearly 200 soldiers who arrived in the u.s. even earlier than expected. >>> north korea's military is closing ranks around kim jong-il's successor and they've begun referring to his son as the supreme leader of the military. it is considered crucial if he's going to consolidate control to assign north korea's military first policy. >>> and it was 20 years ago today that mikhail gorbachev announced that he would be stepping down as soviet president. now gorbachev is urging prime minister vladimir putin to give up power. the former leader spoke after tens of thousands of people demonstrated in moscow and across russia against putin's rule. they were the largest protests since the ones that brought down gorbachev and the soviet union. >>> britain's royal family won't b
report from south korea this morning. >>> we want to stay overseas and turn to the unrest in syria. tens of thousand of people in the streets of syria's third largest city calling for execution of the president. government troops reportedly killed dozens of people despite presence of international monitors checking on a series of promised reforms there. thousands have died in the government crackdown against protestors which began in march. >>> disturbing details in the murder of a young girl. the man watching aliahna lemmon confessed to beating her to death and dismembering her body last thursday. the suspect, a 39-year-old michael plumadore, has been ordered held without bond. >>> investigators in connecticut confirm the fire that killed five family members was in fact the result of a tragic accident. they say embers from the fireplace and lack of working smoke detectors led to the tragedy. abc's linsey davis reports now from stamford. >> reporter: investigators say it was the embers of the christmas eve yule log which started what firefighters here are calling the most horrific fire i
. >>> in syria, hundreds of thousands people flooded the streets on friday in the largest anti-government protest there in months. activists are trying to show the strength of their movement to arab league observers who are right there now in syria. 22 protesters were killed on friday. >>> and enfamil, infant formula has been declared safe, by two federal agencies. the fda and the centers for disease control say there's no evidence that four cases of a rare bacterial infection was related. four of the babies consumed enfamil. >>> more than 100,000 cyclists, not to be equivalent of a red shirt, filled the streets of taiwan to break the world's record for the largest bicycle parade. the record was set in italy more than a decade ago. >> i don't know, ron. >> that's all i got. >> it was close. >> i know. >> that's impressive. >> i tried. >> yes. >>> time, now, for the weather and ginger who is out in times square, where they're getting ready for the big night. ginger, go. >> it's a big night. and it's a big morning already. so many folks feeling the excitement around here. really, i was talking to p
not credible. and the united nations is dismissing assad who called a report of widespread torture in syria, a false allegation. >>> people are digging out after getting blasted by a snowstorm. eight inches of snow fell in parts of pennsylvania, with higher elevations bearing the brunt of it. much of it will melt today, as temperatures warm up. >>> and time, now, for weather from across the country. a blustery day in the northeast, with lingering snow in northern new england. up to half foot of lake-effect snow in michigan's upper peninsula. and snowshowers between nebraska and kansas. meanwhile, cooling down along the gulf coast. and some scattered showers down in florida. >> 74 in miami. 52 in atlanta. 45 here in new york. a biting 13 degrees in fargo. 21 in minneapolis. and 31 in omaha. 40s in the pacific northwest. phoenix gets up to 61. sacramento, 58. and salt lake city, 36. >>> and we are tracking a few developing stories on this thursday morning, including the crash of a tourist helicopter near las vegas. we'll have the details on that. >>> plus, the alarming video of student to the
protests resurfaced this year and there is protests this year in egypt, syria, bahrain, libya were behind the decision. >> not only did protests come back in this globally contagious way, but we're two regimes down, and counting. >> here at home, they showed up in thousands and time magazine considered competition, deciding protester was truly person of the year. >> and chris sullivan was happy about it but others didn't want any attention. >> this is propaganda for the empire. >> social media and cell phone technology making main stream media irrelevant lent to these protester autos we speak through ourselves. that is why people of the year are the people. we have technology. >> protesters around the world but the protesters are not the same as those in the streets of the middle east. >> there are people recording this as lewd chris. >> abc 7's political analyst says arab string protesters represent a larger population with more at stake. >> there are people protesting or were in libya and egypt were putting their lives on the line. >> coming up why the arab spring protesters have had mo
, this morning, pressure mounting on syria, where a bloody crackdown of anti-government protesters is blamed for at least 4,000 deaths. secretary of state hillary clinton is meeting today with syrian exiles supporting the uprising against president bashar assad. abc's barbara walters travelled to syria for an exclusive interview with president assad. it will air across abc platforms starting tomorrow. on abc.com and yahoo!. >>> there's word this morning of a settlement following last year's coal mine explosion that killed 29 men in west virginia. it was the worst coal mine disaster in 40 years. and now the owner, alpha natural resources, will reportedly pay some $200 million to settle civil and criminal charges from the explosion at the upper big branch mine. former executives could face criminal charges. >>> and president obama travels to kansas today to pressure republicans to extend the payroll tax cut that expires at year's end. he says without it, the typical american family will lose about $1,000 next year. to get republicans to sign on, senate democrats have lowered a proposed tax on
.s. is stepping up diplomacy with syria as a surge left dozens of people dead. the top u.s. convoy was pulled out six weeks ago because of security concerns. and the activists say up to 50 people have been killed in violence in the past 24 hours. and in the middle of growing fears of civil war. >> in russia, police and demonstrators clash forward a second night. there is increasing anger over accusations of election fraud. the protesters claim prime minister putin and his ruling united russia party rigged the vote in sunday's elections. protesters accused of throwing fire works at supporters. police say 250 people have been arrested in moscow and 200 in st. petersburg. in greece opponents of a tough budget laid into the night outside of the parliament building. protesters through stones, bottles and fire bombs. and greek lawmaker as proved cuts today. the package is an effort to slash the huge debt and tame a severe recession. >> queen elizabeth ii is feeling the pinch. she will be hit with a four-year pay freeze, she's far from sliding into poverty, will be limited to $50 million this year. that
valueage. the transports natural gas from egypt to syria. people there say egypt military forces blew it up. the united nations estimates the syrian government's crack down killed more than 5,000 people. >> there is aamazing story. a hild in china is hit by a car, becomes trapped and the rescue is captured on camera. this 5-year-old was on the way to school and had a tantrum, sat down in the middle of the street. she refused to move so the mother walked away. well... just then, an suv had been backing out actually hit the child. this took 16 fem to free her arks mazingly she wasn't hurt. the people got involved and the little girl made to it school. unbelievable. >> remarkable. and fortunate. >> this afternoon there is growing outrage in response to a story yesterday. next our vic lee reports on a convicted thief about to get truck loads of evidence used to send her to prison. she's going to get it back. >> cell phone mistake led to lots of a-list parties for one ordinary guy and his girlfriend. [ mom ] hey guys. guys... [ female announcer ] pillsbury cinnamon rolls with cinnabon cinnamon a
to syria, 90-minute primetime special and interview with the president and first lady hardly sounds like anyone retiring from anything. we asked if she fibbed to the president to get a big interview. vp said she is one of the greatest who ever lived. >> she is not going anywhere. >> can't imagine. >> on "the view" her specials. >> she will leave when she wants to. >> she is not going anywhere. >>> jay-z joining his wife beyonce in a pregnancy diet. the diet is partially vegan. she is trying not to let herself go she is expecting. he is joining her in that. i'm not sure what a partially vegan diet its. >> what does that mean? >> when you are pregnant you want to eat. everything. delicious things like bacon. >> i respect, if you say you are giving up, give up certain things when you are pregnant. i'll go along with it -- alcohol. >> a lot of men get fatter when women are pregnant. >> nicely done, jay-z. feel the pain a little bit. >>> donald trump and rosie o'donnell going at it again. another twitter war between these two. obviously no love lost here. apparently the donald started it wedn
from overseas, a top u.n. official is calling the ongoing violence in syria a civil war. the stark assessment came as amateur video showing the violence in the country surfaced. now the u.n. puts the death toll from eight months of revolt against the government at 4,000. it says the number is simply a conservative estimate. >>> now to politics and gop hopeful herman cain. he says his wife knew nothing abut his friendship with ginger white or that he provided her with financial support until just this week. cain denies white's allegations the two carried on a 13-year affair but does admit to helping out with white's bills, saying he is just soft-hearted. cain says he will decide whether to stay in the race by monday after a face to face with his wife. >> a fly on the wall during that, huh? >>> well, country singer mindy mccready violated a judge's custody order and missed a deadline to bring her 5-year-old son back to florida. mccready says she is tennessee and insists she is trying to protect her son and can't travel because she is 7 months pregnant with twins. her mother was award
the policeman of the world. we don't need another war in syria, another war in iran. just get rid of the embassy in baghdad. we're pretending we're coming home from baghdad. we built an embassy there that cost $1 billion and we're putting 17,000 contractors in there and pretending our troops are coming home. i could save the money and we don't have to raise taxes on social security, on the tax roll. >> as i said, i want to broaden this out. all of you have been debating two big questions through this nomination fight. who is the most consistent conservative candidate? and which of you is bet able to defeat president obama? governor romney, speaker gingrich crystallized his argument. he said, quote, i'm a lot more conservative than mitt romney and more electable than anyone else. i know you don't agree with that. >> beiof course i don't agree w that. i don't think most people agree with that. speaker gingrich has been in government for a long time. we can look at his record. really this is more about us talking about what we believe. and whether we can lead the country at a time when we need to r
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